Community Spotlight

Downtown Denton Community Market is Close to Everything

cs-denton-community-market-denton-community-market-1by Rachel Scott McDaniel

Opening Day for the nonprofit Denton Community Market, at the Historical Park in downtown Denton, will be April 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., specializing in local produce, locally produced food items and local artisan wares. It is a producer-only farmers’ market and art market with something for the entire family. The gathering allows people to meet producers, musicians and artists in person.

Vicki Oppenheim, with the market, says, “The farmers sell produce and agricultural products that are produced with sustainable practices, and will gladly talk with customers about their farms and practices. The variety of local food and local items is important to the Denton community and to visitors from all over DFW.”

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Hugs Café Has a Special Mission

cs-hugs-cafe-6-adjby Rachel Scott McDaniel

After many years of teaching cooking classes to adults with special needs at Market Street, in McKinney, Ruth Thompson dreamed of a restaurant that employed this population of people. She heard how much each of them wanted to be employed, and in 2013, Hugs Café was estab- lished, serving gourmet sandwiches, homemade soups, fresh salads and desserts.

“When someone with special needs ages out of school at 21, the majority stay at home with no purpose. The mission of Hugs Cafe is to provide training and employment for adults with special needs [teammates],” says Thompson. The restaurant employs 22 adults with special needs and five mainstream employees, including a full-time restaurant manager and full-time kitchen manager. “All of our teammates work part-time and love everything that they do,” says Thompson.

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Ronit Mor: A Naturopathic Doctor with Esthetics Twist

cs-ronit-meeting-client-06-adjby Charles Lewis

Ronit Mor, owner of Ronit Mor Spa & Wellness, is a naturopathic doctor, licensed esthetician, and certified clinical aromatherapist offering a holistic approach to inner well-being, outer beauty and anti-aging.

Mor states, “As a holistic practitioner, one of my biggest passions in life is inspiring, guiding and coaching people on their path to regaining optimal health and vitality. My vision is to enable a holistic fusion of inner well-being with outer beauty. I believe that an optimal state of well-being will ulti- mately result in radiant, healthy, and more youthful-looking skin. Health is not just the absence of disease, it’s also optimizing well-being. When my clients move from simply halting dysfunction and move more into optimizing well-being from the inside out, this is when the biggest advances in their feeling and looking more radiant, vibrant and ageless begins.”

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Learn the Gillespie Method of CranioSacral Therapy

Dr. Robyn Abramczyk

Dr. Robyn Abramczyk

Dr. Robyn Abramczak, owner of Smile Ranch Dentistry, will host a workshop, The Gillespie Approach to CranioSacral Fascial Therapy for Adults and Children, on December 16, 17 and 18. The adult/child CFT seminar serves as the necessary prerequisite for the infant/toddler CFT seminar.

Abramczak is a general dentist who takes a holistic approach to dentistry, saying , “We are whole beings and the mouth is connected to the head, neck and entire body. Treating the individual goes far beyond the teeth.”

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A Mouthful of Mercury May be Dangerous


Dr. Robyn Abramczyk

by Gina Cronin

Mercury fillings have become a concern of dental practitioners and patients across the country, and many are seeking alternatives to this potentially dangerous substance. Smile Ranch Dentistry’s Dr. Robyn Abramczyk, DDS, NMD, IBDM, follows strict and extensive guidelines for mercury removal that meet and exceed those set by the International Academy of Oral Medicine, of which she is an accredited member. ”Mercury is the most toxic, non-radioactive element in the world; more toxic than lead and arsenic,” says Abramczyk. “Many mainstream dentists say that vapors are not released during filling removal, but it is scientifically proven that they are, and that is also stated by OSHA and HIPPA.”  Continue Reading

Reclaim Health Now – Functional Medicine with Dr. Laura Precourt, DC, PScD

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by Charles Lewis

Laura Precourt, owner of ReClaim Health, a functional medicine practice dedicated to educating patients about how to take responsibility for their own health, says, “We encourage people to invest in themselves and show that living a clean lifestyle does not have to be bland, boring or hard. I work with people who are ready to acknowledge that doctors (including me) don’t really heal people, that the human body heals itself; but it can only do that if it’s given optimal working conditions, and that’s where education, self-reliance and mentoring come in. That’s why the focus of my practice is to teach people how to reclaim their own health.” Continue Reading

Plano International Festival Offers Something for Everyone

es_PIF14-FlagsAndVisitors-adjThe 12th annual Plano International Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 1, in downtown Haggard Park, in Plano. More than 100 cultures are represented through music and dance performances, cultural displays, flag parade, an international art exhibit, fashion show and ethnic food. The festival will kick off with an outdoor naturalization ceremony, held in conjunction with civic leaders and the U.S. the Department of Homeland Security.  Continue Reading

The Dallas Gluten-Free & Allergen Friendly Expo

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The Dallas Gluten Free  Allergen Friendly (GFAF) Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., September 10 and 11, at the Dallas Market Hall-North Hall. The event is community-based and fun for the entire family. Attendees can sample and purchase hundreds of products and have the opportunity to meet with local and national brand representatives, receive coupons and attend informative presentations by top-notch speakers. While all products at the Expo are gluten-free, many are also free from all the top eight allergens. There is also a dedicated nut-free section. Continue Reading

The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center

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by Rachel Scott McDaniel

The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center (BPRC) was founded in 2004 by a handful of individuals dedicated to the preservation of North Texas wildlife. The program began on a volunteer’s ranch 70 miles northeast of Dallas. “We started out with programs in the area,” BPRC Executive Director Erich Neupert recalls. “But we were looking for a permanent place.”  Continue Reading

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